Peer Tutoring & Buddy System
Lowell in 1994 highlighted the benefits of peer tutoring strategies for children with conductive hearing loss. Lowell suggested that for children with conductive hearing loss, the benefit of peer tutoring may be more than just the educational development of the child. Peer tutoring also develops an appreciation in other children about the problems a child with conductive hearing loss may be experiencing. This increased awareness and understanding amongst a child’s peers may have a significant impact on the child’s self esteem.
Peer tutoring is particularly successful within Indigenous communities, where Indigenous students are used to learning by observation and being helped by their peers.
Along with peer tutoring the adoption of a buddy system will greatly assist children with conductive hearing loss. Children with conductive hearing loss may become withdrawn and introverted, even during group activities. The use of a buddy system is to get children who lack confidence to join in these activities. Apart from the obvious social and emotional benefits, the buddy system encourages children with conductive hearing loss to develop their language by becoming familiar with vocabulary and content of lessons.
In light of these benefits, caregivers are strongly encouraged to consider the use of peer tutoring and buddy systems whenever appropriate.